- The president of NMA, Innocent Ujah, has revealed why Nigerians think that COVID-19 is a hoax
- Ujah said that Nigerians should not wait until bodies litter the streets before they obey COVID-19 guidelines
- NMA president said more sensitisation should be carried out to inform citizens about the disease
Amid the coronavirus spread in Nigeria, the president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Innocent Ujah, has said that Nigerians should not wait until bodies litter the streets before they obey COVID-19 guidelines.
TheCable reports that he said the gap in sensitisation is the reason some Nigerians think COVID-19 is a hoax.
Legit.ng gathered that Ujah said more sensitisation should be carried out to inform citizens about the disease.
Nigeria has so far recorded 29,286 cases of COVID-19.
While 11,828 patients have recovered from the disease, 654 people have died, according to data provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Ujah said he is yet to see the “active involvement” of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in sensitising the people.
“So many Nigerians do not believe that there is COVID-19, and I will say that it is this gap in sensitisation of the people about the disease that is responsible. I think Nigerians should listen to experts and do what they are saying.
“This is not politics but science. And because it is about science, we have to produce evidence but we do not have to wait until dead bodies are littering the streets before we begin to comply with safety protocols.
“We have 774 local government areas in the country and what I have not seen is the active involvement of the National Orientation Agency in sensitising the people,” he said.
The NMA president also said traditional and religious leaders should be involved in sensitising citizens.
He said: “You know that some states, including Kogi and Cross River are still in denial despite attempts by the Nigerian Medical Association to make them see reasons that it is not something we can wish away; it is one we need to act on and respond appropriately to so that our people do not get infected heavily as a result of denial. So, the appropriate messages should be sent out.
“So, the best way is to involve our own traditional means of communication and that requires the involvement of traditional rulers, religious leaders and leaders in the communities so that they can take it as part of their responsibilities to inform the people about the disease and its dimensions.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government expressed worry over the rising positive cases of the virus among people in positions of authority.
It was reported that the federal government expressed its concern through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
In another report, the federal government announced that the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would commence on August 4.
It was reported that this was made known on Monday, July 6, in Abuja, by the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba, at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
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